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  1. Re: Timing of Hives Deep Super Rotation / how many frames of brood?

    For swarm prevention, I rotate the boxes when I have more brood in the top box than the lower box. Number of frames is not important to me. They will fill the boxes fast as the flow begins.
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    Re: choosing first bees

    As a general rule, my vote is for Carniolans for first bees in the Midwest. Usually easier on winter stores. But there's advantages and disadvantages to each breed and of course everyone has their...
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    OAV Battery Life

    For what it's worth to anyone planning on using OAV . . . starting with a brand new, NAPA Part Number: BAT 8302, 12V deep-cycle marine battery; was able to vaporize 2g of OA in 24 hives for 2.5 min...
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    Re: SHB now in New Mexico

    We had temps at negative 17F last Winter and the SHBs survived here just fine. Winter knocks them back, but enough make it to Spring to start the reproduction cycle again. Nothing like down south...
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    Re: sugar board question

    What you need to do is to cool the mixture down to 200F or below before mixing in your additives. After you mix in your additives, then pour the mixture into your molds. I do this all the time -...
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    Re: Gotta bee the sugar bricks.

    If you put supplemental feed at the top of the hive and they start laying brood there, you'll have to keep the feed on until they start foraging or they will starve. If you have honey stores in the...
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    Re: primer on hive boxes ?

    I use Kilz water-based primer for interior/exterior use. Works well, inexpensive - never had the primer fail. You must use primer on bare wood or you're wasting your time.
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    Re: My 1st year as a beekeep has come to a end.

    I lost my bees every winter for my first four years of beekeeping and was ready to quit. Now, ten years later my losses are very low. It does get easier with experience. You're are just paying your...
  9. Thread: staples

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    Re: staples

    1/4" crown and 1 1/4" length staple for frames and boxes. Use an Arrow 3/8" hand stapler and 1/2" length staples for screen and stapling tar paper on hives for winter wrap. If money was no object,...
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    A Frame Stapler for Santa

    After taking advantage of the recent bee equipment supply sales, I ended up with more frames than I wanted to assemble by hammer and nail. I don't mind assembling by hand, it just takes so much more...
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    Re: swarm catching odds

    Some years some; some years none. I would say on the average about 10-15% in my area.
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    Re: Downfall of Bee Culture (vs. ABJ)

    I enjoy both magazines equally. Some of the monthly articles are instructional and some are just plain entertainment. But after reading the two magazines each month, I feel that I'm participating...
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    Re: Screened bottom boards out?

    I use the SBB to do 24 hour natural-mite-drop counts three to four times a year. Can do all my mite counts in minimal time without having to open the hives and take off the honey supers yet another...
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    Re: Ventilated Bee Suit Breakdown Report

    I like the Honeymoon Aparies Ultrabreeze suits and jackets. Very durable. I have worn for hundreds of hours and not taken one sting through the suit. Easy to get on and off. Plenty of room inside...
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    Re: Package and Hive Top Feeder

    I've had great results using the Mann Lake feeders, but a few packages I've hived been reluctant to use them (in my experience) when the temps were still too cool at night, or the feeder was above an...
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    Re: Easy 5-frame nuc plans

    I prefer to think of placing swarm traps in terms of where the smell will go. I find likely places where bees will be in the Spring during swarm season and position the swarm traps where the smell...
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    Re: Easy 5-frame nuc plans

    I've had mice move into swarm traps 10 feet off the ground. I cover all my swarm trap openings with 1/2" hardware cloth.
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    Re: Feeding Pollen Patties-Ohio

    Last year, Silver Maple pollen was coming in about the middle of March here. I won't put patties on until then. Like Mike G. said, about 3 weeks. I think you'll chill brood this early. Middle of...
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    Re: Fondant vs. dry sugar

    The temps are critical, and unless your thermometer is accurate you'll have to experiment to get the right temps. I had a tough time getting the hang of it too. Be sure to let the mixture cool...
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    Re: Fondant vs. dry sugar

    I didn't say "hard", I said somewhat dry. Fondant will dry out and become crumbly in about a week or so of air drying. I also reduce the amount of corn syrup in my recipe (sugar, water, and corn...
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    Re: The honey left over in my dead-out

    Wax worms aren't a problem up here in the North until mid summer. Especially after the cold temps we had this winter. I think blocking the entrance is all you need to do until June. Freezing would...
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    Re: Fondant vs. dry sugar

    I make my own fondant and let it get somewhat dry. I make it into 1/2 thin sheets and break off pieces that I can put right on the top bars. In the Spring, I mix the leftover fondant with water and...
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    Re: Newspaper as Insulation?

    I use thick layers of newspaper above the hive to help absorb moisture and styrofoam above the newspaper. My upper enterance is only a 3/8 inch hole to help keep mice and wind out of hive, and 3/8...
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    Re: grease patties

    Here's the link:

    http://www.wvu.edu/~agexten/varroa/#

    I've been experimenting with this only since Fall. I suspect a feral swarm I caught last summer has Tracheal mites. I can't say for sure...
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    Re: crystallized honey problem

    I just put the honey, still in the jar, in my oven with just the oven light on. After about six hours I turn the light off but leave the honey in the oven (without opening the door). Within 8-12...
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